Creative Destruction Lab Student Programme


The Student Programme is designed to expose you to the world of entrepreneurship and provide an opportunity to interact with early-stage, science-based companies. You will work with technical founders admitted to the Creative Destruction Lab programme (CDL) on bespoke challenges, such as developing financial models, evaluating potential markets or fine-tune strategies for scaling.

The programme introduces students to the context, decision-making principles, and practices of equity investing for supporting the growth and development of early-stage high-potential technology ventures.


CDL: Build Something Massive

The programme

Who is it for?

MBA candidates, as well as all other students from across the University of Oxford.

When does the programme take place?

October 2021 - June 2022. 

Programme components

  • Workshops - Series of Creative Destruction Technology workshops introducing the concepts of how science and technology (including AI and MedTech) disrupt business.
  • Sessions - Ventures admitted to the programme attend up to ​four CDL-Oxford sessions, spread approximately eight weeks apart.
  • Debriefs - ​You will meet with the stream moderators and the CDL team to debrief the session.
  • Tutorials - You will receive team-based tutoring throughout the process.

Applications for the 2021/22  programme are now closed.


Tutors include professors and academic researchers from Oxford Saïd. Tutors support the student teams throughout the programme, ensuring the delivery of high-quality assignments.


Lily Elsner, 2020 MBA Graduate

CDL demystified the pitching process. I learned more in a few hours from mentors and founders alike than in weeks of book study, and realized, powerfully, I could be part of this world too.

I’ve personally gained a step-change in my instincts for a potentially successful team, strategy and technology application by having an exclusive view of how experienced investors and operators quickly analyse tech startups.

Tshwanelo Matsane

2020 MBA Graduate

Jessica Ramalhete, 2020 MBA Graduate

CDL is a phenomenal program. The exposure to cutting- edge technology matched with the real-time business acumen of seasoned investors, all progressing at a whirlwind pace, makes me feel like every synapse in my brain is firing. I love it.

CDL allowed me to expand my academic horizons by working directly with early-stage ventures in healthcare and MedTech. This was a fantastic practical insight into entrepreneurship and innovation, complementing the classes I received during my DPhil.

Rishi Anand

DPhil Student in Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford


Iulia Pop, Programme Manager

+44 (0) 7860 778883